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August is Hair Loss Awareness Month

Does your part seem to be getting wider each year?  Hair loss can affect both men and women.  For women, it typically starts showing up in your 40's, 50's and 60's as your hair starts thinning out.  The American Academy of Dermatology explores the causes of Female Pattern Hair Loss (FPHL) and treatment options that are availabe.  If you are already experience thinning of your hair, remember to protect your scalp and wear a full coverage hat (not a visor) when you are out in the sun.  Sun damage can occur anywhere your skin is exposed. 

 

HealthySkin Wins The 2014 Tucson Metro Chamber Copper Cactus Nextrio Innovation Through Technology Award!

On October 30, 2014, HealthySkin Dermatology was chosen this year's recipient of the 2014 Copper Cactus Nextrio Innovation Through Technology Award for businesses with 51-75 employees!  There were so many worthy companies who were nominated and chosen as finalists - it is an honor to have been selected amongst so many amazing companies within our local community.  We are proud and humbled to have been chosen. 

Our practice has met and surpassed the challenge of keeping the crucial element of human interaction while incorporating the latest technologies into the traditional practice of medicine.  Our physicians and staff have risen to the challenge and succeeded! 

We we would like to say thank you  to our entire healthcare team, their families and our patients.  Without you, none of this would be possible!  We are committed to continuing to deliver the best possible dermatological care while staying modern and relevant in the ever-changing environment of healthcare.

 

Recruitment

HealthySkin is recruiting for a full-time BC/BE Dermatologist to join our team. Interested candidates will find more information here.

 

Sleeping Well Helps Your Memory and So Much More

-Bishr Al Dabagh, M.D.

Trouble finding where you left your keys?

Can't remember what you were going to say or what you needed at the store?

Is it getting worse?? Starting to use words like "thing" or "whosie-what's-it" for the words that don't come to mind easily?

Yep, you probably are. Did you know it may be the quality of your sleep that's to blame?

It's a fact that as we age our sleep changes. Even for the young, the quality and quantity of sleep is often not restorative. We are a culture of the chronically sleep deprived, cutting back on sleep to meet the ever-increasing demands of our 24 hour world. It's starting to show......AND, you can fix it.

Yes, you may be able to sharpen your memory with a really good night's sleep. Get more than one and you may find that you're actually Einstein! This is the sort of science that is very fascinating. Deep sleep is divided into REM (REM is rapid eye movement sleep, where your eyes flick around) and non-REM (where your eyes are still). The non-REM sleep is divided into:

  1. 1. Transition sleep (stage 1)
  2. 2. Light sleep (stage 2)
  3. 3. Deep sleep (stage 3)
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You need 20% of your sleep to fall into the Deep/Stage 3 type of sleep.

In deep sleep you are almost impossible to wake up - and - your body is doing serious maintenance in this most deep sleep state. One of these tasks is important maintenance work on your short term memory so that you don't lose it! In deep stage 3 sleep your body is also repairing tissues and muscles, boosting your immune system and reenergizing your vitality. It's like an important reboot and you want it every night.  REM sleep is important too. In REM your body is sorting our complex tasks. Have you ever noticed that "if you sleep on it" something is easier the next day? That's because you were doing that "homework" in REM. Yes, that good night's sleep will make you better at things you've been working on. During REM your body also does maintenance work that give you a creative boost, a mood boost and a sharper memory (it's actually restocking your neurotransmitters which are little chemicals you need to do these jobs well. Think of it like plugging in your phone battery so it has the "power" to run all your apps).  How much sleep do you need to reboot, restock and start tomorrow with a sharp memory, good at what you do and full of creativity? 

Most healthy adults need between 7.5-9 hours of sleep per night. Children and teens need even more.

Aside from not being at your peak, what are some of the obvious negative consequences of not getting enough sleep?

Scientific studies have been done to answer this question and we know that a lack of sleep has a wide range of negative effects including:

It contributes to craving sugary and fatty foods due to increases in hormones that stimulate appetite. This in turn increases your risk of diabetes, heart disease, and other health problems - and we now know it also increases your risk of acne.

Your appearance will suffer too. When you are sleep deprived you have hanging eyelids, redder and more swollen eyes, dark under eye circles, paler skin, more wrinkles and (if that's not enough!) the corners of your mouth droop down making you look haggard and grumpy.

Your mood suffers too. You have less ability to cope with stress. You can expect to be moodier, more irritable and even depressed.

3 Steps to getting a good night's sleep?


1. Make it a priority to go to bed early enough to get at least 7 hours of sleep in before you need to get up tomorrow.
2. If you haven't gotten enough sleep the night before (called "sleep debt"), get some extra tonight.
3. Avoid stimulants before sleep that might interfere with your falling freely into deep sleep.

  1. Stimulants would be things like sugar, tobacco, alcohol. Learn what your own body needs. Consider keeping a sleep journal to record how many hours of sleep you get and how the days have gone. What helps you sleep well and what seems to keep you from having a good night's sleep.

Get a sleep app to learn about your sleep stages. I've found Sleep Cycle fascinating for tracking my stages of sleep. Others are Sleep Tie, Sleep Meister etc. These apps use your smart phone to monitor your sleep movements, which in turn indicate how much time you spend in the different stages of sleep.

If you have trouble falling or staying asleep try to limit other "stimulants" before bedtime such as arousing activities that keep you awake like arguments, exciting television shows, problem solving tasks, computer work etc. Sleeping with the TV or lights on may also make it harder to fall into deep sleep.

So, to keep your memory sharp make sleep a priority; be your most creative, your most successful, wake up in a great mood, have the will power to resist the sugary and fatty foods that cause acne, health and weight problems and look your best. Reboot, restock, recharge and be at the top of your game every day. Start tonight - there really is nothing like a good night's rest! Sleep well!

What Is A Patient Portal? What Is Meaningful Use?

Over the past few years, you may have noticed more physicians' offices transitioning from paper charts to Electronic Health Records, providing you with a clinical summary of your visit, and even offering to set you up with a login to access their "Patient Portal" site.  HealthySkin is no exception, and as of November 2013, we began offering our patients access to our very own Patient Portal. 

The creation of patient portals began with the provisions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 which created a program for eligble professionals, hospitals and critical access hospitals who participate in Medicare and Medicaid programs to "participate in a voluntary program to adopt and demonstrate meaningful use of certified electronic health record (EHR) technology [Federal Register/Vol. 75, No.144/Wednesday, July 28, 2010/Rules and Regulations/page 44314]."  This program is now commonly referred to by healthcare workers as "Meaningful Use", and it will become mandatory for all eligible professionals and hospitals who participate in Medicare and Medicaid programs to participate in the Meaningful Use program by January 1, 2015.

A large driving force behind Meaningful Use is to improve patient care outcomes by creating an improved healthcare infrastructure via improved healthcare records and provider-to-provider communications, and by involving patients more directly in their healthcare.  Patient Portals were designed with the goal of giving patients access to their healthcare records with the ability to review and update their healthcare information.  From the privacy of your home through our HIPAA compliant secure portal, you can view: the medications we have on record for you, the results of lab tests we ordered, any allergies we have listed for you, as well as allowing you to update your preferred pharmacy information and past medical history including previous skin diseases.  Not all information on the portal can be changed by patients - some sections will require you to update your information at your next visit with HealthySkin.  For complete details, please click here for our Patient Portal Guide. Use of the Patient Portal is entirely up to you, and you can choose to enable or disable the portal at any time.

Ultimately, Meaningful Use will pave the way for a futuristic healthcare model that will enable your healthcare providers and you to have access to your most current and accurate healthcare information when you need it most, whether you are at home or across the country.  Our Patient Portal is a step towards that future, and we are pleased to be able to offer it to all patients of HealthySkin.

Fall Skin Prep

Summer is full of opportunities to travel, to play and enjoy the outdoors, but all of the outdoor activity can take a toll on your skin.  From acne as the seasons change, to dehydration and flaking from prolonged exposure to heat, water and the sun, getting your skin fabulous for fall isn't hard but it does take some planning.  Learn how to repair the summer damage and get your fall skin prep gameplan ready with these great tips from Popsugar!

 

 

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